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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (610 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Felix Francis Narrator: Martin Jarvis Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2012 ISBN: 9781470323837
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When race caller and television presenter Mark Shillingford calls a race in which his twin sister, Clare, an accomplished jockey, comes in second when she could have won, he believes the worst: that she deliberately lost, and the race was fixed.

When Mark confronts Clare with his suspicions, she storms off—and it’s the last time Mark sees her alive. Hours later, Clare jumps to her death from the balcony of a London hotel. Devastated and guilt-ridden over her death, Mark goes in search of answers. Why would Clare throw a race? What led her to take her own life? Or was it not suicide at all?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Fans will have a hard time distinguishing this solid thriller from the father’s work.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Francis knows how to control this wild run of a plot and also knows how to create a conflicted character in the midst of crisis. A stunning addition to the family line.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “The usual pleasures of Francis father and son, from inside dope about announcing races to carefully controlled bursts of physical violence, fly by with all the speed of a promising filly on her second one-mile run.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tamah | 2/12/2014

    " Horses- yes. Mystery -yes. Dick Francis - no, not really. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lex Bijlsma | 1/27/2014

    " Knappe jongen die enig stijlverschil met het werk van wijlen Dick Francis kan ontdekken. Hoe lang zouden die al door zijn zoon geschreven zijn? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 1/23/2014

    " The son is carrying on the fine tradition of his father, and Martin Jarvis is an excellent reader! No disappointments here "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Corien | 1/19/2014

    " I really liked the beginning, but thought the end/reveal was a bit far-fetched. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lindsey Mcfarlane | 1/17/2014

    " After listening to the Audible sample I wasn't quite convinced by the narrator and chose the ebook instead. Once again an interesting new racing related career explored, and an amiable mystery that kept me engaged. I miss the pithy cameo descriptions that Dick Francis gave for his minor characters, but I thought Felix Francis is continuing to write the humane and tolerant hero stories I liked so much from his parents. Worth buying, will undoubtedly reread with pleasure. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Virginia Winfield | 1/16/2014

    " Just as good as his dads books. Always fast paced. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margaret | 1/15/2014

    " Felix Francis's characters are not quite as likable as his father's were, but they withstand just as much abuse. Main problem with this one was that I had almost forgotten the murderer was a character in the story he appeared so peripherally. So I was completely blindsided by the ending. I hope he gets better. Enjoyed learning about the broadcasting end of things though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charles M. | 1/4/2014

    " Mark Shillingford's horseracing sister has committed suicide...or has she---admist a race fixing scandal. Mark looks into the events surrounding his sister's alleged suicide at the expense of his and others' lives! Fast skim...and potential page turner! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 12/31/2013

    " Just what I needed, a good, mindless, quick read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara Dowd | 12/20/2013

    " Good mystery set in England--based on horse racing "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ross Reinhiller | 12/19/2013

    " If you are a Dick Francis fan you will not be disappointed. Felix does a great job of continuing his father's tradition. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 12/8/2013

    " Felix's tone is much the same as his dad's with a better use of modern technology. I have been enjoying the continuation of these horsey mysteries with an underdog hero. Always a good, quick read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Daniel Potter | 12/6/2013

    " Pretty good mystery. But you certainly would never guess the killer. So in that respect... not so good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeri | 12/5/2013

    " Story meandered. Too many extraneous deaths. Sadly, he is no Dick Francis. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tristy | 12/1/2013

    " He is writing fairly closely to his father's style, a little sexier, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fredrick Danysh | 10/19/2013

    " Mark Shillingford is a television horse racing commetator. When his twin sister, a leading jockey, apparently commits suicide he wants to know why. A gossip journalist is murdered and Mark becomes a target himself. In an attempt on his life a female friend is killed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stven | 10/17/2013

    " Nicely brisk tale of blackmail and deception in the Britain of horseracing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shaun | 8/13/2013

    " Good solid Francis. Decent storyline. Either Felix is getting nearer to his dads style of writing or I'm getting used to Felix's style of writing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sue | 7/25/2013

    " My favorite so far by Felix Francis (and I do hope there will be more). This book has great character development, a lot of info about sports telecasting, and some nice twists and turns along the way. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 NC | 6/14/2013

    " I miss his father. This was a fair approximation of Dick Francis's work, but it seemed more violent and the ending more out of the blue. The love interest was startling, rather than building naturally. Martin Jarvis put in a sterling performance. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jacqueline | 5/24/2013

    " I think Felix is doing a fine job carrying on his father's legacy. I liked this. It had the feel of a DF novel. The plot was pretty sound and all the elements made sense and worked together. I don't think a Francis fan would be disappointed in this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anna | 4/3/2013

    " What's not to like? I whipped right through this including finishing it in the middle of the night by torch light. I think that Felix writes pretty much exactly like his father. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ram | 2/20/2013

    " Rather insipid. Not like Dick Francis! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Janette | 1/21/2013

    " This was a poor immitation of his father's books. I couldn't stand any of the characters, they were not likeable at all. The more he killed off, the better. He needs to give it up, I miss the real Dick Francis! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deanna | 12/31/2012

    " Felix does a good job writing in his father's style. I was engrossed in this story but would love to feel the world of the racetrack more. I really liked this character though. I would like to read more of him. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth Hoernig | 10/22/2012

    " He's not his father; still an enjoyable read but too easy to put down. "

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About the Author
Author Felix Francis

Felix Francis is the younger of Dick Francis’ two sons. Over the years, Felix assisted with the research of many of the Dick Francis novels, until he finally took a more significant role in the writing, first with Dead Heat and then increasingly with the bestsellers Silks, Even Money, and Crossfire, all father-son collaborations. He lives in England.

About the Narrator

Martin Jarvis, OBE, has recorded more than 150 Just William stories for the BBC. These have become international audio bestsellers. He won the Theatre World Award for his starring role on Broadway in By Jeeves; his West End appearances include works by Ayckbourn, Frayn, Pinter, and Wilde. Screen successes include everything from Stargate Atlantis, Doctor Who, and Numb3rs to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and the Oscar-winning Titanic.